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Monday, April 13, 2009

Recession Dispatches

The days of gluttony are nothing more than a faint dream of yester-year. Back in the roaring early aught years people were lining up and paying good money to take in up the ass from horses. No more my friends. Those good times are merely memories now.

Star Tribune:
Emaciated horses eating bark off trees. Abandoned horses tied to telephone poles. Horses subsisting on feces, walking among carcasses.

As the economy continues to falter, law enforcement officers in Kentucky and throughout the country are seeing major increases in the number of unwanted and neglected horses, some abandoned on public land, others left to starve by their owners.
Geesh..Don't let this reporter write copy for the next 'Visit Kentucky' ad spot. What a gloomy Gus.

So what are the options for what seems to be quite a sticky (pun intended) situation? Fire up the grinders say state governments:
The situation has renewed the debate over whether reopening slaughterhouses in the United States -- the last ones closed in 2007 -- would help address the problem. Some states, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, for example, are looking at ways to bring slaughterhouses back.

An estimated 100,000 horses a year are shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, prompting Congress to consider a bill that would ban the sale and transport of horses for human consumption outside the country. But Arkansas, Georgia and eight other states are against such a ban, saying owners need affordable options for unwanted horses.
Horse slaughtering -- Yet another job Americans won't do. Or in this case, aren't allowed to do. We essentially banned horse slaughtering back in '06 when the last slaughter house in the US went out of business in Illinois in what was surely a conflict of interest when a gigantic horse's ass signed a state law banning export, possession, and slaughter of horses intened for human consumption.

So job well done lawmakers. Yet another market distorted, yet another behavior criminalized that shouldn't be.

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